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Intelligence Community Campus-Bethesda in Maryland
Design-Build Merit Award for Office Building development, MD, USA – design by LEO A DALY
Nov 13, 2017
Intelligence Community Campus-Bethesda Building Award
Architects: LEO A DALY
Location: Merriweather Park, Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD, USA
LEO A DALY receives DBIA award for intelligence community campus
Design-build project transforms a set of imposing government buildings into a secure, sustainable, state-of-the-art headquarters surrounded by community and parks.
Philadelphia, PA (November 2017) – LEO A DALY, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering, and interior design firms, is pleased to announce that the Intelligence Community Campus (ICC-B) in Bethesda, Maryland is the recipient of a 2017 Design-Build Merit Award, given by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).
LEO A DALY as Executive Design Architect under a team lead by Whiting Turner were commissioned by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District to create an intelligence integration campus of more than 750,000 square feet by the re-use of existing government facilities and new construction. The ICC-B project re-images and revitalizes a set of imposing and outmoded governmental structures in a secure, sustainable, state-of-the-art intelligence headquarters surrounded by community and parks.
“Leo A Daly is committed to low-impact, smartly renovated buildings. There is high demand for sustainable design to use what is available and improve upon it,” said Emmett Ahearn, RA, LEO A DALY’s Director of Business Partnerships. “This project successfully repurposes a campus with 70-year-old buildings to re-position it as a world-class facility for 3,000 intelligence professionals.”
The award was bestowed in Philadelphia at the DBIA national conference during a ceremony on the evening of November 9 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. In announcing the awards, the DBIA stated that this year’s program recipients “deliver on the promise to reshape our communities one design-build project at a time.”
The ICC-B is located in the heart of the intelligence community, and has employees from Office of the Director of National Intelligence National Counterintelligence and Security Center, the National Intelligence University, and Defense Intelligence Agency.
“The DBIA National Award of Merit solidifies of value of teamwork, collaboration and aligned expectations. The results are an world-class facility, added community value and greater social responsibility,” stated Ahearn.
Jun 14, 2017
Intelligence Community Campus-Bethesda
Architects: LEO A DALY
Location: Merriweather Park, Symphony Woods, Columbia, Maryland, USA
“Sleek, modern” Intelligence Community Campus-Bethesda wins BD+C Team Award
Building Design + Construction has awarded LEO A DALY a Building Team Award (Bronze) for Intelligence Community Campus – Bethesda, a new, collaborative campus for the United States intelligence community in Bethesda, MD.
“This audacious project involved the reimagining and repositioning of an outmoded, parking-lot-dominated office campus into a quiet, naturalistic setting for the Defense Intelligence Agency,” wrote Dave Barista, Editorial Director for BD+C.
A post-9/11 approach to intelligence sharing
Responding to the 9/11 Commission Report’s call for increased collaboration among intelligence-gathering services, the $300 million, state-of-the-art headquarters provides a centralized hub for knowledge sharing among the 16 intelligence agencies housed there.
“Intelligence Community Campus – Bethesda represents a new way of thinking, a new way of working, and a new transparency for the Defense Intelligence Agency,” said Jim Sokolowski, Vice President at LEO A DALY.
“This facility is – in so many ways – the physical manifestation of ‘intelligence integration,’” said James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence.
From obsolete to icon
The total project scope includes over 750,000 SF of new construction and renovation to the 1940s campus of the former National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. At its heart is the new, Z-shaped, 220,000-sf Centrum Building, which links three existing buildings and serves as the vertebra of the campus. The existing buildings were hardened with Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection and re-skinned to embody a cohesive, non-institutional exterior aesthetic.
Designed to be a new icon for U.S. intelligence, the campus retains its security and performance standards while finding a new architectural language inspired by and respectful to its National-Park-adjacent context. Rather than a single, monolithic building, the design suggests the notion of campus as field, connecting and organizing an assemblage of interior and exterior space. Rhythmic patterns of mirror-like glass evoke the forested surroundings and break up the buildings’ massing, while a dappled skin of matte metal panels creates a sense of translucency, playing on the idea of natural camouflage.
Secure spaces for education, training and one-to-one exchanges of data combine in a collaborative office environment designed to adapt quickly to changing agency needs. Workspaces closer resemble a leading high-tech creative company than the typical government office. Connections to nature are achieved through an outdoor dining terrace, green roofs, a 14,000-sf plaza, natural-light-filled interiors and a park-like landscape of perennial gardens.
Sustainability and local context drove the site design, which was guided by a Sustainable Return-on-Investment analysis. Moving 20 acres of impermeable surface parking to a six-story, zero-net-energy garage allowed designers to return the landscape to its pre-development condition. Micro-bioretention areas, green roofs, and a 30,000-gallon cistern help manage and reuse rainwater, while halting erosion on the neighboring bluff and addressing downstream siltation in the Potomac River.
The LEED Silver certified project incorporates N+1 redundancy for mission-critical systems. Six separate solar arrays, each requiring a custom support system that integrates with varying roof slopes, meet the specified requirement of a 90mph wind load. The project is net-zero-ready – designed to be ultra-efficient, with solar hot water arrays putting the campus on the path to achieving net-zero use.
Intelligence Community Campus-Bethesda in Maryland – Building Information
Design Architect: LEO A DALY
Owner: U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency
Architects and Engineers of Record: AECOM, EwingCole
Interior Architect: DBI Architects
Landscape Architect: Oehme van Sweden, Wiley | Wilson
Program Manager: Markon Solutions
Design-build Contractor: Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
About LEO A DALY
Established in 1915, LEO A DALY is an international planning, architecture, engineering, and interior design firm. The firm’s award-winning portfolio includes projects in 91 countries and all 50 states. With 800 employees in 30 offices worldwide, the firm consistently ranks as a top international design firm.
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